Sean Sweeney

Global Leader, Chief Security Advisors, Microsoft

Sean Sweeney is the Americas Leader of the Chief Security Advisors in Microsoft’s Security Solutions Area.  In this role, he is primarily responsible for aligning and mobilizing his team of Cybersecurity Advisors and Architects across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America to deliver thought leadership and deep customer engagement.  He is also responsible for regularly engaging with the security industry through public speaking, standards development, and advanced research, as well as providing strategic direction on products and services, and advising customer CxOs on security and compliance issues.  
Sean joined Microsoft from the University of Pittsburgh where he was the Chief Information Security Officer. Sean is a previous Chief Technology Officer of a Pittsburgh-based eDiscovery startup, Chief Information Officer for a national law firm based in Pittsburgh, and Litigation Support Applications Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  
A frequent author and speaker on security and compliance, Sean is also an Affiliate Practice Scholar in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cyber Institute of Policy, Law, and Security.  He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College CISO Certificate Program and holds both Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. He received a BA from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, attended Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate School of Education in Richmond, VA.

My Sessions

Secure Work Anywhere: Mitigating Cyber Risks in the post-Covid-19 Environment

Malicious actors are exploiting current shifts towards hybridised and home working to increase their rate and scope of attack. This session explores:

  • Identifying risks facing organisations in the 'new normal'
  • How remote working increases the attack surface
  • How home offices can be turned into criminal hubs
  • Minimising risks of shadow IT - maintaining control of IT and resources
  • Endpoint security - bolstering preventative protections, continuous detection and response capabilities
  • Catherine Chapman, Cyber Security Journalist and Founding Board Member, InfoSec Hoppers